06.05.13: The CCRI Knights’ golf team continued play in Chautauqua, NY at Chautauqua Golf Club for the second day of play at the 2013 NJCAA Division III Golf National Championship. On Wednesday the Knights shot a 337, 13 strokes better than their first day effort to move from 12th to 11th place in the Championship with a two-day total of 687. The top five schools after day two were Jamestown Community College (host school), from Jamestown NY who shot a 297 and 309 for 606 total followed by Vincennes University from Vincennes, IN who shot a 303 and 304 for 607, In third place was Minnesota State Community Technical College from Fergus Falls, MN shooting 310 and 304 for 614 total, in fourth place was Sandhills Community College from Pinehurst, NC shooting a 308 and 308 for 616, and in fifth place was defending national champions Georgia Military College from Milledgeville, GA shooting a 310 and 307 for 617 total.
For CCRI they shot a 337 on day two after shooting a 350 on day one giving them a two-day total of 687. The Knights were led by Anthony Lovechio (Wakefield, RI) shooting a team-low 79 giving him a two-day total of 163 followed by Pat O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) shooting an 81 for a two-day total of 165. Also shooting very well was the first women to appear at the Nationals in Chautauqua Gina Bartolotta (Wakefield, RI) who shot an 87 giving her a two-day total of 180. Zach Sullivan (Cumberland, RI) also improved on his first day score shooting a 90 for a two-day total of 183. Rounding out the Knights players was Nick DeSalvo (Burrillville, RI) who had a tough day shooting a101 for a two-day total of 190 (his score was not used for team total on Wednesday).
The top five individual scorers in the championship are: in first place Ethan Chamineak from Georgia Military with a 143 (-1), in second Aaron Rondon from Southwest Wisconsin Tech with a 146 (+2), tied for third is Darren McCormack from Suffolk County CC and Drew Chaddock form Jamestown, CC both with a 147 (+3), and in fifth is Shelby Stewart Vincennes University with a 148 (+4).
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.